No dog launching in Algorfa, Alicante

The chief of police of this small tourist town has apparently published an English version of the municipal bylaws. Among other things he wants you to do is to “Alter public order and tranquillity with scandals, disturbances, brawls and noise.” Will fucked translation constitute an adequate defence for British hooligans? Is the council–whose income from urbanismo has dropped like a brick–looking for ways of persuading foreigners to get themselves fined?

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Last updated 24/10/2008

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

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